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ZeroPRIDE 02-19-2010 08:53 PM

K-1 World MAX Japan Tournament

Saitama Super Arena

Tournament :

Yuya Yamamoto vs. HINATA
Hiroki Nakajima vs. TATSUJI
Taishin Kohiruimaki vs. Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima
Yasuhiro Kido vs. RYUJI

Superfights (33 Mins, 13 Ext)

Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Yoshihiro Sato
Kazuhisa Watanabe vs. DJ.taiki
Kosuke Komiyama vs. TAKE HERO Murahama

Opening Fights (33 Mins, 13 Ext) :
Hiroyuki Owatari vs. Shintaro Matsukura
Yukihiro Komiya vs. Danilo Zanolini

ZeroPRIDE 02-19-2010 09:00 PM

Petrosyan vs Sato should be reaaally good. I expect it to be pretty technical so this will be a joy to watch for me.

Toxie 02-21-2010 02:17 AM

Agreed ZP! Really looking forward to this event. Hopefully there will be a stream.

ZeroPRIDE 02-21-2010 02:35 AM

99.9% sure. Should be on HDnet

Toxie 02-21-2010 02:37 AM

Great! That will be a good weekend, sports-wise. :thumbsup:

ZeroPRIDE 02-21-2010 02:39 AM

indeed. i think a couple mma events are on the 27th

Toxie 02-21-2010 02:42 AM

UFC 111 is. We'll be up friday night (saturday morning, but it isn't morning until I sleep lol) watching K-1 and saturday night is UFC.

Toxie 03-19-2010 01:50 PM

Bad news.

Petrosyan Drops Out of Sato Fight Due to Injury

Headkick-lg_tiny by Fraser Coffeen on Mar 18, 2010 10:56 PM EDT in K-1 MAX Comment 2 comments
MAX champ Giorgio Petrosyan

MAX champ Giorgio Petrosyan

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Huge and unfortunate news regarding the MAX Japan event - it appears MAX champion Giorgio Petrosyan has dropped out of his March 27 fight with #5 ranked fighter Yoshihiro Sato. It's Showtime, who handles Petrosyan's management, announced the news at Dutch forum, stating that the champion needed time off to have surgery on his hand. This is the same hand injury that Petrosyan aggravated at the MAX finals last year and that forced him out of the big Masato fight at Dynamite. Reports are that Petrosyan reinjured the hand last weekend against Khem Sitsongpeenong in Milan.

Although K-1 has not yet made the announcement official, It's Showtime is indeed an official representative of Petrosyan, so it looks like this is not simply a rumor.

This is, without a doubt, very unfortunate news. You hate to see any fighter injured, and this in particular was a very compelling and much anticipated fight. For K-1, this has to be very difficult, as Petrosyan has yet to fight for the organization since winning the MAX crown. As a newcomer to the company, they are no doubt looking to build him up to fans, and this was a good opportunity to do just that, while also potentially building up a new Japanese ace to replace Masato. With Masato gone, they also need all the star power they can get, and the loss of the main event is no help in that area.

Some fans are now questioning the prudence of Petrosyan taking two big fights just two weeks apart (against Khem and Sato). Always a busy fighter, Petrosyan has a very full schedule this spring, and with a full schedule, these sort of injuries can indeed happen. Moving forward, while I appreciate his hard work and would love to see him fight again soon, let's hope he takes the time needed to let this injury properly heal, and prevent it from becoming an ongoing issue.

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